|Forum topic by Tony Ennis||posted 11-15-2009 at 10:43 AM||816 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
11-15-2009 at 10:43 AM
My bench is straight out of Norm Abram’s first book. I built it about 20 years ago. While I can’t complain about the longevity of the bench… I am thinking it is time for a change.
The bench is something like 30” wide including a tool tray. First, do you actually like tool trays? To me it was a great place to accumulate debris of the worst sort and nothing more. My next one won’t have one.
I was also unimpressed by the tail vise. While Norm’s design works well enough, I quit using it and just started using stops when I needed to keep a board from moving while planing.
Back to the width. I never use the full width of the bench.
What would you think of a bench that’s 18” wide or so? I’d probably go 6’ or 7’ long. Front vise. Wide apron on the front for clamping. Holes for stops. Holdfasts? Anyone use these? Typical base with real joinery (not drywall screws in endgrain /rolleyes.)
I won’t be building until the spring but I need to solidify ideas now.